The Taliban have claimed control of a key border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan as their forces advance rapidly following the withdrawal of US troops and threaten to escalate the conflict in Pakistan. Gives air
In a highly strategic advantage, on Tuesday night, Taliban forces landed in Afghanistan’s Spin Boldak district, a few miles from the Pakistani border, and attacked several Afghan military outposts, which reportedly fired immediately. Put
As of Wednesday morning, in a battle that killed at least four Afghan soldiers and wounded eight Taliban fighters, the Taliban had taken full control of the city and the Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing with Pakistan. A very important trade and travel route between the two countries.
Eyewitnesses said Taliban forces removed the Afghan flag and hoisted a Taliban flag over the crossing, known as the Friendship Gate.
Photographs by the Guardian show Taliban fighters sitting on Afghan side border offices with mountains of banknotes seized by customs.
The Afghan government maintained that its forces had not lost control of the Spin Boldak border, but Pakistani officials confirmed that they had sealed off the Afghan side after heavy fighting. Was not allowed to leave
A Taliban fighter involved in the fighting, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Guardian that Taliban militants had crossed the district and border relatively easily.
“The fighting started around 10pm, and we won the first posts without a fight, the Afghan forces were surrendering in front of us,” he said. When we entered the town of Spin Boldak, there was some fighting and four Afghan soldiers were killed, and the Taliban forces took all their weapons and vehicles. By one o’clock in the morning, the Taliban had taken control of immigration at the crossing.
Fighting continues in the surrounding area, but Afghan forces have retreated from the Spin Boldak district, which is now completely under Taliban control, he said. He described the occupation of the border crossing, which is the second busiest point to enter Afghanistan, as “taking Kabul is so good” because most of the goods entering the Afghan capital come through the Spin Boldak border crossing.
However, the Interior Ministry said its security forces had thwarted the Taliban’s efforts to capture Spin Boldak.
Since the United States began withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in May after more than two decades, the Taliban have launched a nationwide operation and successfully occupied parts of the country, while all Afghan security forces Have been destroyed.
Border crossings can be a lucrative source of customs revenue. In recent days, Taliban forces have seized other key border crossings with Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Iran.
The capture of Spin Boldak-Chaman Crossing is particularly strategic because it gives the Taliban direct access to Pakistan’s Balochistan region, which many Taliban leaders use as their base, and where Taliban fighters receive regular medical treatment. Go for Many Taliban fighters in Afghanistan are recruited in Pakistan, and pro-Taliban rallies were held in the Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Quetta this week.
The Taliban fighters said they had received reports that “dozens of Pakistanis from the Chaman border area are ready to join the Taliban to fight jihad and take Kabul, but they cannot cross because Pakistan has closed the border.” “
Locals in Chaman, a town on the Pakistani side of the border, said they had been told not to leave their homes unnecessarily after the Taliban took over the border, and the area had been placed on high security alert.
“It’s a war-like situation, but there is no such war because Afghan forces have just retreated from the Afghan border region,” said Aisa Ahmed, a 30-year-old master’s student in Chaman.
“People here are worried. It is unclear how cross-border trade and commerce will continue now that the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan’s border towns.
In Chaman, Pakistani officials and locals have already begun preparations for the arrival of refugees from Afghanistan as more areas fall victim to the Taliban’s repressive rule.
Allah Noor, 28, a local from Chaman, said families have started arriving from Afghanistan. “A lot of people have started coming. Two families arrived a week ago and are living here with their relatives until they return to Afghanistan as usual. Many people here have relatives on both sides of the border.
Tariq Mengal, a former deputy commissioner in Chaman and currently serving as deputy commissioner in Qila Abdullah, another border town in Pakistan, has confirmed that he has been instructed to set up a refugee camp.
“We have prepared everything in the border area but so far people are not being displaced,” he said. “If the government does that, it is ready to take the refugees,” he said. We have land identified for refugee camps, ambulances are available. If they come this way, we will imprison them in the refugee camps.
Zahid Hussain, author of Noon One Jang: The Paradox of US-Pakistan Relations in the Shadow of Afghanistan, says the speed and scale of the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan will “certainly encourage the spread of Pakistan and Islamic militant groups.” ” .
“It is difficult to deny that Pakistani militants and extremist groups will not be encouraged,” Hussain said. “Everyone knows that madrassa students from Pakistan have taken part in the Afghan war and fought the Afghan Taliban,” he said. They will take it as a victory and militant attacks will increase. We are already seeing that happen.
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